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Monday, December 12, 2011 - 7:00pm

Not many artists have the good luck to have two signature songs, but Dobie Gray does. His country-soul hit  “Drift Away” was a mainstay of Top 40 radio in 1973 and has endured to this day. His “The In Crowd” was another big hit in 1965. With his death last week soul music lost another great voice. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates his life and music. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, December 12, 2011 - 6:00pm

The sound of the kora, kalimba and balafon of the griot storytellers float through the air, as guitarist Lionel Loueke and bassist Richard Bona conjure the sonorities of West Africa through strings, mouth-clicked percussion and improvised paper mutes. Individually, they have played with Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, Salif Keita and Tito Puente, and together they helping to create a new language in jazz.

Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 10:30pm

For all you food and wine lovers this weeks show will hopefully reduce the holiday gift buying stress. Joining Al this week is New England manager for Winebow wine importers, Andy Gezell. They will be talking about the signature grape of Argentina, the Malbec. This is a wine gift that combines both value and quality. What's more it tastes great and pairs wonderfully with most foods. This could be the answer to some of your holiday gift giving woes. So tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a little holiday cheer.

Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 10:00pm

Steve D'Agostino interviews Brad McNamara, who works in Operations at the New England Energy Council and is earning a dual MBA and Master's degree in Environmental Science at Clark University. They talk about the short- and long-term future of clean energy.

The mission of the Council is to accelerate New England’s clean-energy economy to global leadership by building an active community of stakeholders and a world-class cluster of clean-energy companies.

The Council represents nearly 400 member and affiliate-member organizations, including clean-energy companies, venture investors, major financial institutions, universities, industry associations, utilities, labor, and large commercial end-users.

The Council's ranks now include clean-energy CEOs, representatives from most of the region's top 10 law firms, and partners from most of the top New England venture-capital firms, which have a total of more than $8 billion under management.

Working with its stakeholders, the Council develops and executes a wide array of programs in six key focus areas: innovation; growth; education and workforce development; adoption; policy and advocacy; and research.

Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 9:00pm

What’s the oldest song in the world? Did Ben Franklin invent a musical instrument that drove people mad? What are the actual lyrics to the classic rock song “Louie Louie”? All these fascinating stories are in writer and documentary film maker RICK BEYER’S latest rollicking compendium THE GREATEST MUSIC STORIES NEVER TOLD: 100 TALES FROM MUSIC HISTORY TO ASTONICH, BEWILDER AND STUPEFY. Tune and find out where to find the largest man-made dog in the world and other wild tales.

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome HONEE HESS, Director of Education at the Worcester Art Museum and KATRINA STACEY, Assistant Curator of Education at the Worcester Art Museum. They introduce an upcoming exciting exhibition at the museum titled IN SEARCH OF JULIEN HUDSON: A FREE ARTIST OF COLOR IN PRE-CIVIL WAR NEW ORLEANS. This complex exhibition, which involved “detection, speculation and invention” attempts to piece together the details of the life of this important American artist. This is Part One of a series about this show.
 

Friday, December 9, 2011 - 6:00pm

From New Year's Eve, the 21st century edition of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band directed by trumpet great Jon Faddis, a stellar cast of Big Apple players, and vocalist Nnenna Freelon pause in their concert to honor the late, great James Moody and Dr. Billy Taylor.

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 7:00pm

Join Nick Noble's Folk Revival as he features local folk musicians from the Central Massacusetts scene. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 6:00pm

Join us on Thursday December 8th at 6pm for a the final piece of our series airing on the life and music of the famous one-armed Louisiana trumpeter, Wingy Manone. Aside from his notable compositions (such as Tar Paper Stomp, Stop the war, the Cats are Killin' Themselves, No Calling Card, and Fare Thee Well, to name a few) he is also remembered for playing the trumpet so flawlessly with his prosthetic arm, that most crowds never knew of his disability. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 6:00pm

Join us for an encore of a program with the late saxophonist Bud Shank, one of the most original musical voices of the post-Charlie Parker generation.  In the late 1950s and early '60s he began a successful career as a studio musician and a long tenure with his group called the LA Four. After living and working in Los Angeles for five decades, Shank has at times been unfairly lumped together with the West Coast cool jazz players of the '50s. This session proves Shank to be a straight-ahead bebop player, whom McPartland calls "beyond compare."

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 6:30am

He's been a long-time supporter of WICN, stops by or calls in frequently to update  us on his busy schedule, and of course, keeps us up to date on his award-winning show Radio Deluxe (heard Sundays at 4 pm on WICN. John Pizzarelli is truly one of our favorite people. We chatted with this talented and humorous entertainer recently about his love for the Red Sox, his upcoming performance for Music Worcester in Mechanic's Hall and a special anniversary for Radio Deluxe.

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